Michelle Bachelet receives Sixth Science of Peace Award
bacheletefotoOn October 19, 2013, the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) awarded the sixth Science of Peace award to Dr. Michelle Bachelet, ex President of Chile and ex Minister of Health for her dedication and commitment to reduce non communicable chronic diseases through the implementation of health policies. The presentation ceremony was held during the XXIV Interamerican Congress of Cardiology on October 18 – 20, 2013 in the La Rural Convention Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Bachelet was President of Chile from 2006 – 2010. In addition, she was the Executive Director of the Womens United Nations (2010 – 2013), President pro tem of the United Nations of South America (2008 – 2009), Minister of Chilean National Defense (2002 – 2004) and Chilean Minister of Health (2000 – 2002).

The Sixth Science of Peace Lecture honors the work of Dr. Paul Dudley White of the United States and Dr. René Favaloro of Argentina. Both great physicians recognized the societal causes and implications of cardiovascular disease control and prevention. They saw health as a human right and paid attention to the social and economic context in which cardiovascular disease occurs.

Dr. René Favaloro was a very compassionate and passionate physician. As he so often stated, whenever he had time to sit and think, social injustice was foremost on his mind. He saw social injustice and poverty at the root of the diseases that concern cardiologists.

The IAHF is a heart foundation that is committed to this philosophy and the Science of Peace Lecture is intended to keep the vision of these two great men alive.

We want to very specially thank Dr. Raymond Bahr, Director and Founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Favaloro was to present an update on this social outreach message at the 4th National Congress of Chest Pain Centers and Providers in Baltimore when he died tragically on July 29, 2000. Dr. Bahr suggested to the InterAmerican Heart Foundation to carry on the vision of Dr. Favaloro thru this Invited Lecture series.

You can watch Dr. Bachelet's presentation and acceptance video here.  An English transcript of her speech can be found here.

Since Dr. Bachelet is in the middle of her campaign for President of Chile, the award was accepted by her Mother, Ms. Angela Jeria, who frequently represents Dr. Bachelet at official functions.
Deborah Chen receives Tobacco Control Champion Award at international public health conference - "Endgame for Tobacco" in India
Ms. Deborah Chen, Vice President of the World Heart Federation and Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) received the Tobacco Control Champion Award for her advocacy in tobacco control in Jamaica at the recently concluded International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco held in New Delhi India September 10-12.

130920chenawardMrs. Chen in accepting her award said that the "tobacco control endeavour in Jamaica and the Caribbean is a team effort with persons both in the NGO communities and in the Ministries of Health playing key roles". She also said she is "very appreciative of the international tobacco control community for their continued support of the efforts made in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean to reduce death and illness from tobacco use". Continuing, Mrs. Chen noted that as has been experienced in other countries, "the newly introduced tobacco regulations in Jamaica will eventually lead to a reduction in the NCD's. The HFJ Executive Director said she looks forward to full implementation of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Jamaica and in the rest of the Caribbean.

The two-day conference co-sponsored by the WHO  had  delegates from North and Latin mentalhealthdrugs Xanax America, Africa, Asia and Europe examining the  way forward for cohesive policy environment combined with evidence based community action to promote public health by reducing current tobacco use prevalence and set global and country-wise targets to protect present and future generations from the harms of tobacco use.

Also representing Jamaica at this conference were Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson who gave a keynote address at the Networking Dinner and  Barbara McGaw, Tobacco Control Project Manager for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica who was also invited to make a presentation on How has the focus on Non-communicable Diseases has Impacted Tobacco Control in the Caribbean.

Mrs. Chen is also President of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation and a board member of Healthy Caribbean Coalition.

130920chenaward2All Smiles.  Barbara McGaw, Project Manager, Tobacco Control Project, HFJ; Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health; Mrs. Deborah Chen, Executive Director, HFJ and Vice President, World Heart Foundation (WHF) and President of the WHF Dr. Srinath Reddy taking a break from attending International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco where Mrs. Chen was the recipient of the Champion of Tobacco Control Award and  Minister Ferguson gave the keynote address at the networking dinner. The conference was held from September 10-12 in New Delhi India.
"Tobacco Taxes, They Work!" Campaign by FIC México
espectacular03AOn September 4, 2013 the Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón México (FIC México) held a press conference to launch a new tobacco tax campaign called "Tobacco taxes, they work!" The press conference was a great success with representatives from many media outlets: Excelsior (newspaper), Plenilunia (magazine), La Jornada (newspaper), Vértigo, Núcleo Radio Mil, Sumédico.com, Grupo Radio Centro, Efecto Noticias (television interview), Notimex (main press agency in Mexico). Proyecto 40.

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Many thanks to the individuals who contributed time and effort to make this campaign possible: Eduardo del Castillo (Códice), Juan Nuñez (ALIENTO), Mónica Casar (Mexico Council on Tobacco Control), Dr. Ramón Urquiza, (coordinator of advisors from the office of Senator Francisco Salvador López Brito), Dr. Jesús Felipe González (Red México sin Tabaco), Ricky Arango, Adriana Rocha, Lucía Salcedo, Juan Hinojos, Yahaira Ochoa, Javier Zúñiga and Guadalupe Menchero.

FIC México would also like to express its sincerest appreciation to Ch'uya Lane and Patricia Sosa with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids for their support of the campaign.

Finally, we greatly appreciate the support of the IAHF, with Dr. Beatriz Champagne as Executive Director, and FIC Argentina, with Dr. Verónica Schoj as Executive Director, and the staff of both organizations.

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WINNERS OF THE 8TH INTERAMERICAN "VITAL AIR" JOURNALISM CONTEST

cabezal-vital-aire-vitalThe InterAmerican Heart Foundation and the Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment are pleased to announce the winners of the Eighth mentalhealthdrugs depression meds Interamerican "Vital Air" Journalism Contest focusing on Tobacco Dependence Treatment and supporting Article 14 of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)."

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8th Civil Society Report on Tobacco Control in Mexico (Spanish)
The InterAmerican Heart Foundation Mexico (FIC México) has just issued the 8th Civil Society Report on Tobacco Control.  This report highlight the successes and challenges that civil society in Mexico face in the area of tobacco control.

World No Tobacco Day 2013 Toolkit - Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Eliminating Big Tobacco's ability to market its deadly products will stall the industry's expansion into the developing world and stop new users from initiating the lethal addiction, saving millions of lives in the process. This WNTD Action Toolkit (English / Spanish) will provide you with the tools you need to organize an event that will bring international media attention to your tobacco control efforts and change the public policy in your country. 

For more information on how you can participate in World No Tobacco Day please visit the World Health Organization.

Global Bridges Latin America - Durante el LXXII Congreso Nacional de Neumología y Cirugía del Tórax se llevó a cabo un taller de Entrenamiento en el Tratamiento de la Dependencia al Tabaco en Mérida, Yucatán.

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The Tobacco Atlas 4th Edition - American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation

 

tobaccoatlas4threvisedHow much is a life worth? In 2010, the tobacco industry's profit was equivalent to $6,000 for each death caused by tobacco. This video "How Much is a Life Worth? The Truth About Tobacco." sheds light on the global tobacco burden and devious tactics employed by the tobacco industry to addict new users. Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the world. Left unchecked, it is predicted to kill more than 8 million people globally each year by 2030.

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Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean - A Civil Society Report 2010

ficargcmctrptengcoverFIC Argentina prepared the first report on the implementation of the FCTC in Latin America and the Caribbean to show not only the great advances in the last few years in areas such as warning labels and smokefree environments, but also the many challenges that lie ahead. Partially supported by Health Canada's Global Forum. (English) (Español)